Robert Hagg isn't the most flashy defenseman in the world, but he is one of the more consistent ones.
He was ranked as the No. 8 European skater overall by the NHL.com final draft rankings.
The thing one notices up front with Hagg upon watching his highlight tape at the World Junior Championships, is that there aren't really any kind of highlights (save for a goal) in the four-minute video.
Hagg makes the simple play, the easy play and the smart play.
He is diligent with his passes for the most part, especially leaving the zone. He does turn the puck over occasionally trying to force a pass that isn't there, but Hagg knows how to get the puck out of the zone, doing it on a consistent basis, and that is crucial in today's NHL.
Hagg won't be the top-pairing, power-play quarterback defenseman, but he could be the next best thing with his bomb of a slap shot that he has from the point.
Making comparisons to Nicklas Lidstrom is far too premature at this stage, but the Swedish defenseman reads the game extremely well, never losing track of his check in the defensive zone.
If he can connect on more of his passes in the neutral zone, Hagg could be a bonafide top-pairing defenseman in the future.
All statistics via NHL.com draft central unless otherwise noted.
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